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Leasehold charges to be changed

21st January 2021

Leasehold changes in England

These changes affect England only

Recent changes to leasehold in block and estate management means that millions of leaseholders will be given a new right to extend their lease by 990 years and reduce their ground rent to zero. The government has announced this in a move it says will make homeownership fairer and more secure.

What are the key changes?

  • Houses and flats can extend their leases by 990 years, at zero ground rent
  • Ground rent ban extended to retirement housing
  • Marriage value abolished and calculation rates set for enfranchisement
  • A new Commonhold Council
  • Legislation this Parliamentary session

This government reform will make it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to buy their homes, seeing some households saving tens of thousands of pounds, so any leaseholder who choses to extend the lease on their home will no longer have to pay ground rent to the freeholder. These are some of the biggest reforms to English property law.

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick comments:

“These reforms provide fairness for 4.5 million leaseholders and chart a course to a new system altogether.”

The English government is also looking at a Commonhold model of homeownership, which is widely used around the world and allows homeowners to own their property. This will also affect apartments in blocks, as these become jointly owned and managed.

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